I’ve written quite a bit about the importance of nature to children and their development. Barring extreme weather conditions, I’ve made an effort to take my children outside almost everyday, whether it be for a few minute or a few hours, and they have very much benefited from this time connecting with nature.
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One of the key factors in the success of connecting with nature is spending time outdoors, and in order to do that you’re going to want to make your outdoor space inviting. Luckily, even if you only have a tiny apartment patio and a shoe string budget there are still plenty of ways for you to attract local wildlife, explore the miracle of growth, and get your hands a little dirty.
If you’re lucky enough to have a big backyard then you’ll find that connecting with nature is probably easier to accomplish but I promise even apartment dwellers can have fascinating experiences in nature and even have academically beneficial nature study.
Admittedly, with wildlife being fairly unpredictable, it takes a bit of luck to observe a live specimen up close.
Think of it as you would winning the lottery: you can never win the prize if you don’t buy a ticket, so spend plenty of time outside (rain or shine) and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see something really cool.
And while wildlife might be unpredictable, there are other more controlled aspects of nature that you can offer your child with just a bit of forethought. Seeds from your garden center or fruit from the farmer’s market won’t cost you much and they can both be invaluable in teaching your child about the environment around them.
Don’t forget to teach your children about man’s effect on nature and how we can help keep the earth a healthy, happy place to live for generations to come.
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